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Sitting Kills, Moving Heals: How Everyday Movement Will Prevent Pain, Illness, and Early Death -- and Exercise Alone Won't Paperback – November 3, 2011
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The genius of this doctor's advocated activities ... is that stirring pasta, rolling out cookie dough, and cracking nut shells for noshing all count as exercise. The book is filled with tips to create health-building movements into your day. --New York Journal of Books
Well-written, easy-to-understand, and a fierce warning for Americans to wake up. Couch potatoes take heed! --www.vaboomer.com
Thought-provoking ... former NASA scientist Vernikos ... argues that out-of-shape Americans need to startdoing exercises that make their bodies resist the force of gravity. The good news: dancing, jumping ... and gardening all count. A compelling call to action. --Booklist
A plan that can help everyone improve their health with small, simple actions .... The beauty of Dr. Vernikos' plan is its simplicity. Easy, natural, everyday movements tat take, literally, seconds and can provide a lifetime of benefits. --East Oregonian
An easy-to-use prescription for good health. And the best part? We don't have to spend excessive hours at the gym to produce health benefits. Anyone interested in maintining health and independence will want to read this book. --Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine
What a marvelously practical book! For anyone wondering how to remain active for as long as they can without necessarily becoming an athlete, this book's for you. Highly credible ... the writing is fluid and clear as well. --whatsheread.blogspot.com
A book everyone should read ... I recommend it expecially to anyone who hates exercise and needs motivation to become physically active again. The book is an easy read and easy to put into action in your own life. --Satu Hattula, bodycapable.com
Offers many tips on how people can increase their simple everyday movement, thereby improving their health. "Sitting Kills, Moving Heals" is a superb fitness book ... I highly recommend this book. --La Cross Tribune
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How Everyday Movement Will Prevent Pain, Illness, and Early Death --- and
Exercise Alone Won't
If money were no object and you were wondering how it might feel to go on a journey into Space give some thought to the perils, as well as the wonders, of living beyond the pull of Earth's gravity. Astronauts, on their return to earth, show many signs of physical deterioration. Their muscles are weaker, their eyesight and hearing poorer, any wounds take longer to heal and some men are dismayed to find that their testosterone level is reduced. .
The good news is that, with the right treatment, these and other unwelcome effects can be reversed. This is largely due to the work of Dr Joan Vernikos. As Director of Life Sciences at NASA she led a team charged with finding out what was causing highly trained young men in the prime of their lives to lose their fitness so rapidly. It soon became clear that the bodily deterioration was entirely the result of being beyond the reach of gravity - the force under whose influence all life on earth has evolved and developed. Then came a period of rigorous scientific research as Dr Vernikos and her team devised an effective diet and exercise programme to restore the astronauts to full health.
Dr Vernikos is an original thinker whose eureka moment came with the realisation that what happens to astronauts during a few weeks or months in Space is mirrored on a longer time scale by what happens to all of us as we grow older. Being earthbound we are by definition subject to the influence of gravity, but most of us find ways to dodge its full effects.Read more ›
Although she cites authority for the scientific foundation, she writes in a clear understandable manner that encourages us to incorporate as much physical movement as possible into our daily routines. Dr Joan offers realistic ways to avoid unnecessary pain, illness and early death. If you have not read one of Dr. Joan's earlier books, heard her speak or subscribed to her blog, get ready to be swept away by her commitment to help all of us attain a better quality of life.
The writer details ways to do this including devices that challenge our balance, even amusement park rides! But you can increase your fitness without any devices just by moving about more, getting out of your chair frequently and doing ordinary things. The amazing thing is that increasing your everyday activity is more important than going to the gym or running. The key is frequent movement all day long. Even getting up to get a glass of water instead of reaching for it from your chair is helpful.
If you need this kind of inspiration, read this book. It will convince you to get out of that chair.
The copy I found in a public library said it was a gift from the local hospital. I can see that the information in this book is valuable to public health.
body healthy. Through 30 years of research and studying the astronauts who lived without
gravity in outer space she learned many things that are helpful to us here on the planet
In a weightless environment the astronauts experience physical deterioration , muscle and
brain atrophy. Living in space profoundly magnify the changes that normally take a
lifetime to appear.
The same happens to us when we lead a sedentary lifestyle. Using healthy human volunteers
Dr. Vernikos found that gravity's maximum effect is when we are standing. It pulls in a head-to-
toe direction. As little as four days in bed results in a measurable GDS (gravity deprivation
syndrome). Many years ago through these experiments with astronauts it was found that the day
after an operation people needed to get out of bed and walk so GDS did not set in.
We need to get up and move around. Simple everyday movements will prevent pain, illness
and early death. Movement is ineffective without gravity and gravity is harmful unless we
I was also charmed at the outset by her unpretentious, literally down-to-earth style that made her facts seem even more convincing. But even with only 116 pages of text, her points become repetitive, valid observations become stretched, and her homespun humor and anecdotal comments start to sound less like a NASA scientist than a pleasantly dotty aunt. In fact, her enthusiasm at times starts to dangerously approach infomercial hucksterism. It starts with product placement for various training gimmicks, including endorsement of brand-name specialized footwear, but culminates in her as-yet uncommercialized idea for therapeutic centrifuges! Most concerning was the risk of holding out false hope for victims of cerebral palsy and spinal cord injury until her hypotheses are tested in humans.
Such intellectual moon-jumping eventually got to me. It would have been fascinating to find out by what mechanism gravity affects the immune system, or how in fact it is sensed by all cells in the body, as claimed.Read more ›
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I didn't realize there were so many books to help one understand that constant sitting is not healthy and I was a secretary for 25 years. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lynn Denis
A must read for everyone that for what ever reason sits too much and wonders what they can do to get more activity in their lives.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book when used with the scientist in this area of town and B. J. Fogg with Tiny Habits!Published 5 months ago by Charlotte Fairchild
This slim, easy-to-read reference by a top NASA medical expert explains why and how we should defy gravity. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have to say that this is a very interesting and thought provoking book. So much information that I had never put together in my thinking. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Robert C. Gerding
Sit/stand x >32 x day has become my rule. Her conclusions are not always mine, but her experience is invaluable.Published 9 months ago by kundalora